Introduction to Meta-analysis

2 day course: Tuesday, 13th - Wednesday, 14th July 2021

A meta-analysis is a method for combining the results from a number of individual trials to get an overall estimate of treatment effect. It can be a tool for obtaining more a precise estimate for the primary outcome for which the individual trials have already shown an effect or as a tool for showing evidence of effect for important secondary outcomes where the individual trials were too small to assess a response.

Who will benefit from this course?

The course is aimed as an introductory level course for quantitative researchers with an interest in undertaking or reviewing meta-analyses. The course will benefit

  • Clinical scientists who need to understand meta-analyses
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand meta-analyses

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand issues in the analysis and interpretation of meta analyses
  • Be able to decide the best approach for the analysis of a meta analysis
  • Understand some of the challenges such as heterogeneity in meta analyses
  • Read and critique the literature on meta-analyses

Course content:

This is a practical meta-analysis course which will introduce basic concepts and through exercises and case studies illustrate the calculations. The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and practicals.


Steven Julious is the course leader for this short course

Dates and times

2 day course: Tuesday, 13th - Wednesday, 14th July 2021

Times TBC


£599 Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 13th April 2021.

£699 Standard Rate Fee - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 29th June 2021.

Bookings for this course will automatically close at 11pm on 29th June 2021.

Booking and payment

Provisional bookings are currently being taken for this new and exciting ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at

All our bookings are processed via our Online Store, where all of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal.

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, then please ensure your select the Invoice option on our Online Store when making your booking and ensure that all invoice details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and please also forward a copy of the Purchase Order to

Bookings for this course will automatically close at 11pm on 29th June 2021.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course, please contact us if you have a MAC/iPAD or are having problems providing your own laptop.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout both days of this 2 day course, along with an Evening Dinner on the first evening of Tuesday, 13th July 2021. 

No accommodation is included.  We do however, have preferntial rates at Halifax Hall and Jonas Hotel, details of this and how to book will be provided in an automated email, upon confirmation of your booking.

If you would like further information, please contact the Short Course Unit for further details.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please email the Short Course Unit with your requirements.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020